Other stories by Pam Broviak

  • Social Media Campaigns

    How to leverage free resources for your agency's online public outreach efforts.

  • Establishing the 'City Engineer' position

    PW blogger Pamela Broviak takes a look at how the City Engineer position has evolved.

  • Hosting online surveys and polls

    By leveraging online survey tools, public works departments can quickly and efficiently collect feedback from both citizens and employees.

  • Protecting your domain

    No agency wants citizens to visit their project website and find objectionable content. It's even worse if the agency is forced to allow it to remain. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent this from happening.

  • Visualizing your design

    Just as public outreach becomes even more important and necessary in public works, we are fortunately seeing the launch of new tools to help us become more successful in our efforts. Social media has improved communication by allowing us to deliver our messages quicker and more efficiently with...

  • Instagram and Snapshot

    Instagram and Snapchat are gaining enough in popularity and users that public agencies are considering getting accounts. Let’s explore each of these tools to help you decide if their use would be relevant for your agency.

  • Mobile Apps (& iPads)

    Over the summer, Jim McLaughlin, operations manager for the City of Eugene (Ore.) Public Works Department, showed me several mobile applications he has integrated into his operations to assist with inspections and management of assets. All of their applications have been developed in-house by an IT...

  • Leveraging the Cloud; Online Storage Services

    One huge benefit of Web-based tools is the ability to better communicate and share information with colleagues

  • Social media in public works 101 — LinkedIn

    Pull up your office chair, grab a coffee, and get comfortable. We're going to give you the introductory tour of LinkedIn and then walk you through the initial joining phase.

  • Managing C&D debris

    With landfill space decreasing and environmental concerns and regulations increasing, public works officials are sifting through the waste stream for new ways to manage waste disposal. One portion of the waste stream that they have identified as lacking comprehensive and standardized management...